Freshman Heisman Winner? Maybe Tonight

Texas A&M's Johnny Manziel might make history

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff

Posted Dec 8, 2012 1:54 PM CST

(Newser) – A little history might be made at tonight's Heisman Trophy presentation, with Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel in the running to be the first freshman to get college football's top honor. There's a reason the 20-year-old is called "Johnny Football," as his stats prove: He completed 68.3% of his passes for 3,419 yards and 24 TDs, and he ran for nearly 1,200 more yards and 19 TDs, notes Bleacher Report. The total yardage is an SEC record. See the case for and against Manziel, along with the same for fellow finalists Manti Te'o of Notre Dame and Collin Klein of Kansas State here.

Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel.
Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel.   (AP Photo/John Raoux)
Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel.
Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel.   (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis, File)
Kansas State quarterback Collin Klein.
Kansas State quarterback Collin Klein.   (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)
Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o (5).
Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o (5).   (AP Photo/Michael Conroy, File)
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